Turkey - Travel Infos
The climate in
The coastal region of the
The region around the
Precipitation must be expected anytime in the region of the
The summers of central
The continental climate of eastern
The time difference is always forward one hour, since
The Turkish currency is the Lira (also: Turkish Pound, TL, and TRL). One Euro equals approximately 1,5 Million Turkish Lira. The exchange rate fluctuates extremely, due to the high rate of inflation in
You will however, need Turkish currency, particularly if eating out or shopping at the markets.
It is advisable to keep exchange receipts, since these may be checked anytime. The price level in
It is common practice to haggle prices in non-food stores and in markets.
In Islamic regions, it is common to give handouts in form of money to the poor, ill, and to beggars. The poor population of the country however will be offended by “pittance” of the richer tourists.
The speed limit on rural roads is 90 km/h, within city limits 50 km/h, and on highways 120 km/h.
Those traveling far distances within
The bus stations (Otogar or Terminal) of the larger cities are usually located on the outskirts of town, but are reached easily by shuttle buses. In mid-size or smaller cities the bus station is usually located downtown.
If traveling by Taxi, be sure to negotiate a price before starting the journey. Otherwise the taximeter price is to be paid (higher!!).
The cheapest mode of travel is via the Dolmus, a small bus. It is recognized by its yellow and black checkered siding. It travels on a set route with regular stops. As long as seats are available, anyone who gets the driver’s attention on the side of the road is taken along.
In the East and Southeast regions of
Traveling cross country/street traffic:
Traveling by night, even on more populated roads, bares more danger and should be avoided if possible. Overnight stays in cars should be avoided under all circumstances, and if absolutely necessary, should only be done when in guarded rest areas or on a camp ground.
If taking a Jeep-Tour, verify the travel company and the technical condition of the vehicle. At best, get a local recommendation. Obtain a written guarantee and have the company show you proof of operator qualification, which are capable of traveling on off road trails.
Caution must be rendered if traveling in remote areas. Additionally if taking a tour with strangers, caution is advised.
Never leave valuables, cell phones, or purses visible in a vehicle.
Like many other metropolitan areas, Turkish cities are home to pick-pockets, especially in
Primarily in the Istanbul district of Beyoglu, cases of fraud have become known, in which tourists are invited to an over-priced beverage in a bar and consequently were forced to withdraw a large sum of money from a teller machine to settle their “debt”.
Credit card fraud had become more frequent in
The green, international insurance card is valid only in the European portion of
If the owner of the vehicle is not identical to the traveler, the operator of the vehicle must have a special power of attorney from the owner in their possession. Please settle all details prior to traveling to avoid long waits (several days!) at the border.
Currently, there have been cases of Congo Fever in
Vaccinations against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, and Hepatitis A, if staying for longer periods also for Hepatitis B, should be taken.
By eating and drinking hygienically (only thoroughly cooked food, no warm or re-heated food) and by consequent protection from mosquitoes (repellant, fly nets, long sleeves and pants), most risk of infections and diarrhea may be avoided completely.
The South East of the country has random cases of Malaria.
Turkish Food is one of my favourites! I did not know this until I went to Turkey with a bunch of moaning Brits. Whilst they all stuck rigidly to bland chips, pizza and spaghetti bolognese I dove into the Turkish cuisine wholeheartedly!
Turkish food is so delicious, I guess it's a good old mix of mediterranean and middle eastern tastes. It is fantastic for vegetarians, with loads of tasty salads, smothered in delicious oils, yogurts, spices and fantastic flavourings. My faves were the yogurt dishes, I avoided them at first thinking it was mayonnaise, but once I discovered them I could not get enough! They are similar to Greek Tzatiki, but with all kinds of different ingredients!
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